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Seat of Honor
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi

Robed like druids, officials file into a ceremony that recognizes the best traditional poet of the National Eisteddfod, an annual festival of native culture conducted entirely in Welsh, one of Europe’s oldest written languages. Top prize is a handcrafted chair, where the winner is solemnly seated. Encompassing all aspects of Welsh culture—music, dance, drama, literature, and art—such modern festivals are believed to have evolved from bardic tournaments held as early as the tenth century. The national gathering in August, which draws crowds of some 160,000, alternates between south and north Wales. Last held in Llanelli, it moves to Denbigh in 2001.



Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/1.4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available plus flash





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